June 2016 marks Canada’s first-ever Pride Month -- can you believe it hasn't existed before?! -- and Toronto's Gladstone Hotel isn't holding anything back when it comes to festivities celebrating the grand occasion.  

The hotel has been "a creative hub for the arts community and the alternative queer scene" since 2003 and this month, they've got four weeks' worth of "abulously queer events and art shows", running until July 3 i.e. the last day of the famed 10-day Pride Toronto festival.

Here are just some of the awesome events they've go in store (yes, the Dolly Parton party has us beyond excited):  

Shady Tea
June 19, 3pm-6pm. No cover.
"Face it, we all have Daddy Issues. That’s what the Gladstone’s annual Shady Tea party is here for.Spend Father’s Day in the Melody Bar with drag queens Fay Slift and Fluffy Soufflé as they send this heteronormative corporate holiday all the way across the rainbow."

Steers & Queers: Night of 1000 Dolly’s
June 30th, Ballroom + Gallery. Doors at 10pm. $10 Cover. 
"Dolly-lujah! Bring out your cowboy boots and your country-and-western drag duds for Steers & Queers: Night of a Thousand Dolly’s in the Ballroom hosted by Miss Fluffy Soufflé. This popular, annual gay country party is a campy homage to country legend Dolly Parton, which will feature live music, a Dolly look-a-like contest, drag, burlesque and lots of rowdy dancing with a dress code of country wear."

That’s So Gay Exhibition: Come Together
Running until July 3rd | 2nd, 3rd + 4th Floor Galleries | Regular exhibition hours
"That’s So Gay 2016: Come Together is an expressive multi-media show that inspires and reflects on action and activism during a year that has witnessed unprecedented coverage of cross-movement issues. With drawings, paintings, installations and video works, the show takes on the collective struggle of Indigenous, Black, POC Two-Spirited and LGBTTI2QQ communities, and the need to unify while calling for creative responses to transphobic and homophobic violence."

For a full list of Pride events, please visit: gladstonehotel.com/pride-at-the-gaystone/ 

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